I have two more projects to blog before 2014 leaves us and I can start 2015 afresh.
Earlier this year during Indie Pattern Month, The Monthly Stitch helped Penny of Dresses & Me promote a little competition to encourage any budding Indie pattern designers to submit a pattern. The winner was decided by a panel of judges and the prize included some mentorship and other help to kickstart their pattern company.
The winner was Helena of Gray All Day with her cute Sandpoint top, a loose fitting T-shirt with cowl back.
Kat recently hosted a sew along over on TMS so I thought I’d whip up one of my own.
I went for a glam version, using a slinky pink knit with metallic stripe that I got from one of my final Arthur Toye visits before they shut down. I think it cost me a whole $6 per meter.
After looking at the finished measurements I cut one size smaller than the size chart suggested.
It was super fast and very easy to make. Except for one tiny bit of straight stitch I used 4-threads on my overlocker and mostly followed the instructions…I think…
I might have attached my back band wrong…but at least my stripe matching is perfect 😉
A fabric with high slink (slink should totally be a for real fabric descriptor, don’t you think?) is important for this pattern, so that the back cowl sits nice and cowly.
Cowly should also be a real word.
It’s not my usual style and has taken a bit of getting used to but it is very comfy and easy to throw on.
In terms of sewing, apart from adjusting the back band, there isn’t any fitting required so it’s great if you need a little Instant Gratification Sewing.
I’d love to see someone lengthen this into a dress.
We took these photos outside Made Marion after the WSBN Second Birthday.
We celebrated where it all began, with high tea at Martha’s Pantry.
Me, Teresa, Alison, Wendy, Gillian, Gemma, Zara, Sandra
Nina, Nikki, Jenna, Kat & Amos
The photo is on an angle because of dubious tripod balancing, but we’re all in there so that’s ok 😉
After we nommed all the sweet things we headed back to MM for photos and social sewing…which mostly involved lots of chatter, pattern/fabric swaps and buying buttons…. I managed to cut out a Gillian dress in a gorgeous textured Merino which is now sitting in my to-sew pile along with many other things…in the last two months this has grown alarmingly large but Christmas holidays will fix that! 😉
Pattern – Gray All Day Sandpoint top, size M, view b
Fabric – Unidentifiable pink jersey with metallic stripe from Arthur Toye Fabrics, $6.00/m
Next time I would lengthen it just a little, by 2 – 4 cms
Look at all that sun there! Your top looks great and the fabric choice makes it totally “Cowly”!
Oh so cute! It looks great! PS. I vote for “slink” too. It really is a good word to describe fabric. Something like this:
Slink-the quality in knit fabric that describes its ability to drape and create a slinky dress, cowl, or top
Nice make! Looks like it would be easy to wear but still polished, what a nice combo!
Tea looks so yummy, that’s awesome that you guys have such a vibrant network!
I’m excited to see your Gillian. I love mine! Haven’t taken a picture 🙂 but worn it a bunch!